Comments (261)Add a Comment
I don't recall if I have ever read such a beautifully written book. It truly is a memorable book. Very emotional and full of love and respect for nature. This book will stay with you for a very long time!
This was a terrific book on many levels. The story of Kya being abandoned my her family and having to learn to survive on her own in the marshes of North Carolina was very well written and definitely tugged at the heartstrings. For her then to have to deal with having both of the boys she cares about leave, for different reasons, was also very well done. The murder of a boy at the edge of the marsh with the sheriff and townspeople trying to find a way to pin it on her as the town outcast was also very well done. The trial could have almost been a good book all by itself. The characters were all well defined and their interactions all seemed very real. The only negative point I could find was, although the author put lots of emphasis on the wildlife and plant life of the marsh, she couldn't seem to describe what happened in different seasons. The story seemed to always be set in spring or fall with moderate temperatures and frequent thunderstorms without describing sweltering days or days when it was too cold for Kya to go out in her boat to fish, view wildlife, or dig for mussels to sell. Even so, I would highly recommend this book.
I was 600th in line waiting for this book! It wasn't worth the wait in most respects. An unbelievable and contrived story and main character. For me the saving grace was the descriptions of the marsh environment - I have spent lots of time in South Carolina's Lowcountry observing the birds, plants, animals, swamps. The author describes this special fragile ecosystem extremely well, she is after all a respected animal behaviorist. But, if you're not into nature study, there's not much else to recommend in this book.
An unconventional story sets in the nature of marshlands. Kya Clark, aka "Marsh Girl," is suspected of killing the late Chase Andrews in a quiet town on the North Carolina Coast. For years, the townspeople harbored stereotypes against her, isolating her to the marshes where she lived. To Kya, however, these familiar lands were sacred to her identities; she could connect with the gulls and the sands better than she could with people. When I read this story, I became heavily invested in studying the habitat of marshes. Owens does a great job of describing the setting and how it sets the mood and characterization of the story. However, I felt that at times this beautiful setting deviated from the storyline. If you're looking for a story that integrates nature with a murder mystery, then Where the Crawdads Sing may be the book for you.
An excellent read and unlike anything I had read before- highly recommend.
I agree fully with all others in comments giving 5 star rating, this is the most enjoyable read, I did not want it to end. From the very first page to the last page I could not put it down. This author is amazing and I look forward to reading any of her future novels.
I didn't want it to finish. This book is one that will stay with you for a long time. Beautiful
Such a good book! I devoured it in just a few days and was sad when it was over. I loved how the marsh came alive through the eyes of Kya. A story of endurance, protection, survival, and living like no other, this was a page-turner.
Wonderful coming of age story of a fascinating, self reliant young girl growing up alone. It is a story of love, abuse, betrayal, racism, and redemption, with the addition of a puzzling and somewhat suspicious death . It is also a lovely authentic look at the ecology of marshlife in 1950s North Carolina. ( I read the book on the Libby app, and found it useful to have an enlargeable marsh map available for reference using a separate browser tab.)
The author leads you through the story of the human who have been rejected by everyone in his surroundings but find the strength inside. Amazingly beautiful description of nature, hope and life in general. Really recommend!
Very original story about resilience, love, disappointment and survival.
Two of my best friends recommended this book to me.
I read this book via Libby app. This app offered me a 'skip the loan' which means I have only one week to read it. I was reading a different book at that time, and I had to return it soon. So, I had to finish the book I was reading first. After 4 days later, I started read "Where the crawdads sing", I thought I could not finish this book in 3 days. However, the storyline was so amazing. I liked the pace as well. Most of all, well-developed characters and their circumstances are beyond my expectation. I ended up to finish it in two days.
I highly recommended !!
One of our reading project books. This is a murder mystery, with most of the activity occurring in a coastal Carolina marsh. The author is a zoologist with a PhD in animal behavior and her fascination with animals of all shapes and sizes permeates the story. Although I have visited similar areas a bit farther north along the Atlantic seaboard, Owens makes clear just how much I missed. If you like mysteries and have an interest in ecology, birding, or just being in nature, you will enjoy this novel.
I LOVED this book! No wonder it’s never available - everyone wants to read it!
Highly, HIGHLY recommend.
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is a beautiful coming of age and historical fiction novel. This book follows Kya Clark and her journey growing up in the marsh. At a young age, Kya was abandoned, in her house by the marsh, she had to learn how to do things by herself and meet new people. Everyone in town calls her the “Marsh Girl” because she is a little different but she won't let that stop her from doing what she loves: exploring the marsh. A couple of years later a man is found murdered on the marsh and all fingers point to Kya.
This book is a current favorite of mine! I loved everything about it. First of all, the plot was very unique and different. You would think that in a situation where a girl is abandoned by her family it would be a very sad and dark story but Owens shows us that there is beauty in everything and that is very true with Kya’s experience living alone. Although she did not have her family there for her she had other people throughout her life to help and guide her. Second, I quickly learned to love Kya. She is the type of girl that is optimistic, friendly, and smart. She just seemed like an amazing person overall and I would have loved to be friends with her. Next, I loved how the author was able to incorporate a mystery into a coming of age novel. I feel that these two genres fit perfectly in this book. You get to learn about Kya as well as try to solve the murder. Lastly, I loved the ending. It was very well-fitting. I had not expected it but was pleasantly surprised by it.
Overall, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is a heartwarming and emotional novel. If you are someone trying to get into historical fiction or mystery I definitely recommend this book! -Eunchae, Grade 10
Absolutely spellbinding! My sister, who lives in Germany had recommended this book to me and even though I found the beginning a little bit slow, I became totally entranced, and read the book in one day. The ending totally astounded me. I was also move by the way the writer used flash backs to actually move the story along. Incredible talent!!
This book held my attention, however, I found the story unrealistic and the characters not believable. A swamp girl whose family abandons her and at age 5 she virtually raises herself. She is so talented she writes, illustrates and publishes books on the insects, shells, fauna and birds of the swamp. The men are crazy about her and considering she is always running and hiding from people, she somehow figures out how to have people in to remodel her swamp house. Yeh, I don't think so.